The 2015 PMPV Plumbing Apprentice Competition was held April 28 at the Ferguson Enterprises facility in Gainesville, VA. Seven talented apprentices spent hours roughing in three-piece bathrooms to exacting standards.
The seven students represented northern and southeastern Virginia: Jared A. Beninati of Evan Hibbs Plumbing, Brian Herzing and Justin Ricker of Atomic Plumbing, Daniel Huppert of Unlimited Plumbing and Piping LLC, Shawn Jackson and John Monaghan of Paul Southwick/Pipe Kings and Alberto Portillo of Alberto’s Plumbing, Inc.
The competition was moderated by Paul Keane and Jim Steinle of Atomic Plumbing, Jim Howe of Evan Hibbs Plumbing, James Hurt of My Plumber, Danny Crigler of L&D Associates, Mike Hurt or Long's Corporation and John Walters of Institute for Building Technology and Safety.
At the end of the day at a banquet sponsored by Washington Gas, each of the competitors were assessed on the quality of their work. Jared Beninati took first place, followed by Brian Herzing in second place and John Monaghan in third. The top two finishers will represent Virginia at the PHCC CONNECT Conference in September in Ft. Lauderdale.
Celebratory dinners were held in June to honor the graduating fourth year apprentices in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. All graduating apprentices, their employers and families are invited to the events to recognize the commitment and accomplishment of students.
On June 4, 10 graduates from Norfolk Technical Center plumbing apprentice program were recognized at a dinner held at Aberdeen Barn. Local television anchor Joe Flanagan served as guest speaker and shared his appreciation for the trades.
Graduates of the Fairfax County Public Schools plumbing and HVAC apprentice programs were honored, along with their employers and families. Longs Corporation CEO Theresa Dagenhart addressed the graduates and urged them to become involved in PMPV/PHCC NV to advance their learning and contribute to the trades.
Traditionally, PHCC NV also recognizes top students in each class in each discipline for excellence based on attendance, performance, class participation and other factors. Students recognized in the field were given equipment supplied by Thomas Somerville or gift cards. This year’s honorees are:
Year One Dylan Nemzek
Year Two Lev England
Year Three JR Olivo
Year Four Edwin Medrano
Year One Matthew J. Kocher
Year Two Doug Gadell
Year Three Demetros Zourzourkis
Year Four Richard Terry
Hampton Roads Plumbing Graduates
Frank N. Goodrich
Tyler J. Rogers
Randall M. Nicholson
Alex L. Komlev
Nathan T Boggs
Fairfax Public Schools HVAC Graduates
Fairfax Public Schools Plumbing Graduates
Luis Astete Serrano
Juan Campos Calderon
William Crockett Jr.
The Plumbing and Mechanical Professionals of Virginia (PMPV) is a chartered affiliate of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC). PMPV members cover the entire range of plumbing and HVAC contractors in Virginia, from small companies to large contractors, with a wide range of services covering both residential and commercial projects. Our members are reputable contractors who agree to abide by our Code of Ethics in their business practices.
The mission of the Plumbing & Mechanical Professionals of Virginia is to provide networking, information, education, and training to its statewide membership as well as tracking legislation and providing a forum for problem solving.The vision of PMPV is to provide a growing membership with the resources, education, and public recognition they need to expand their businesses in the most professional and profitable manner.
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